About Red Velvet

Imagined experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? 

This multi-award winning play, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre, before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York, will be the third production in the Plays at the Garrick Season and will be directed by Indhu Rubasingha.  Olivier-Award winner Adrian Lester will reprise his role as Ira Aldridge.  Kenneth Branagh said "Writing, direction and performance are exceptional in Red Velvet. I’m immensely proud to be presenting this work. I was aware of its development from its inception and believe Lolita Chakrabarti has written an important and exhilarating play which in its discussion of performance, politics, and race is as entertaining as it is illuminating." 

Red Velvet Performance Dates & Times

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Important Information

Ticket purchases will be limited to a maxium of six tickets per person across all performances. Tickets will be dispatched 2 weeks prior to the performance.

- Audio described performance, Tuesday 16 February 2016 7.30pm 

- Captioned performance, Tuesday 9 February 2016 7.30pm 

The Venue

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Where is Red Velvet?

2 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0HH
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (2mins) Follow Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross